$430,000 Homes in Delaware, Vermont and North Carolina
$430,000 Homes in Delaware, Vermont and North Carolina
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Dover, Del. | $425,000
An 1846 house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, on a 0.6-acre lot
This house, built by Thomas Stevenson, a cabinetmaker, is a few blocks from First State Heritage Park, which links some of Dover’s most important historic sites, including the Old State House, the state’s original capitol, built around 1791. Walking tours led by guides in Revolutionary War-era costumes are a popular activity, as is the 18th Century Market Fair, an annual event held in November, where visitors can learn about — and buy — crafts and food produced with Colonial-era techniques.
The property is a few minutes drive from Delaware Legislative Hall and several other state government buildings. Beach cities like Lewes and Rehoboth Beach are about an hour away, as is Wilmington, Delaware’s largest city. Philadelphia is about a 90-minute drive.
Size: 2,591 square feet
Price per square foot: $164
Indoors: The home’s brick facade is in good condition, with simple stone lintels above street-facing windows with red shutters.
The front door opens into a long foyer with a staircase leading to the second level. To the immediate left is a living room with a fireplace framed in Delft tile and green painted woodwork. Behind this space is a dining room with yellow walls and a fireplace with a red brick surround.
Farther back in the house is a kitchen with blue cabinets, room for a breakfast table, a door to the side patio and an adjacent pantry.
At the back of the house is a space currently used as a second dining room, with steps leading up to an airy sitting room. This part of the house was originally a group of outbuildings, including a kitchen and schoolroom used by the original owner’s wife, and could be turned into a den or guest suite.
Also on this level, just off the pantry, is a powder room with a white porcelain pedestal sink.
The second floor is divided into two parts, each accessible from a different staircase. The stairs at the front of the house lead to the primary bedroom and a guest room across the hall. They share a bathroom off the hall with a combined tub and shower.
The back staircase leads from the dining room to a group of rooms used as a guest suite. The larger of the two bedrooms is currently used as an office and sitting room; the smaller comfortably holds a double bed. The bedrooms are linked by a full bathroom with a combined tub and shower.
Outdoor space: A brick patio off the kitchen is shaded by a roof overhang. The lot is big for the neighborhood and includes a fenced backyard and a long driveway that could hold up to 10 cars.
Taxes: $2,737 (estimated)
Contact: Denise Cain, Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, 302-542-5662; sothebysrealty.com
Woodstock, Vt. | $425,000
A two-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium unit in an 1823 brick building
About 3,000 people live year-round in Woodstock, a quaint small town about an hour south of Montpelier. This apartment is in a brick building near the center of town, putting it within walking distance of several coffee shops, a public library and the Woodstock Town Hall Theater, a former opera house that is now a venue for films and live music.
Middle Covered Bridge, which crosses a picturesque section of the Ottauquechee River, is less than half a mile away, as is Faulkner Park, where trails wind up to Mount Tom, which offers sweeping views of the town and surrounding woods. Boston and Hartford, Conn., are about two and a half hours away.
Size: 1,059 square feet
Price per square foot: $401
Indoors: The unit’s door opens into a small foyer. To the right is a living room with street-facing windows, cherry wood floors, built-in cabinetry and a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by white painted brick.
To the left of the foyer is an open kitchen and dining area with exposed ceiling beams, white cabinets, quartz counters and Bosch appliances, including a new range with an electric cooktop.
A hallway off the kitchen leads to the unit’s two bedrooms and bathroom. The primary bedroom, at the far end, has multiple windows and direct access to the rear deck. The recently updated bathroom, which has heated floors and a walk-in shower, is across the hall. The second bedroom includes a laundry cabinet with a washer and dryer.
Outdoor space: This unit has a private deck, big enough for outdoor dining, with views of the river and Mount Tom in the distance. All four units in the building have access to a lawn in back that slopes down to the riverbank. This unit comes with one parking spot in a detached garage.
Taxes: $6,153 (estimated) and a $486 monthly homeowner association fee
Contact: Mary Mayhew, Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group, 802-356-3776; snyderdonegan.com
Durham, N.C. | $429,900
A 1923 bungalow with two bedrooms and one bathroom, on a 0.1-acre lot
The owner of the house next door bought this one in 2014 and spent several years restoring its original details and undoing mid-20th century alterations, a project that included uncovering original fireplaces and removing a partition that had turned the dining room into an extra bedroom. The current owners continued improving the house, renovating the kitchen and adding a metal roof thought to resemble the original one.
The property is about a mile from downtown Durham, which draws locals, tourists and Duke University students with its dining and nightlife. The university campus is 10 minutes away by car; driving to Raleigh takes about 45 minutes.
Size: 1,028 square feet
Price per square foot: $418
Indoors: The front yard is landscaped with wildflowers and roses, and the covered porch has ample space for a bench or swing.
The living room, just beyond the front door, has hardwood floors, white walls, a fireplace with an adobe tile surround and windows facing the porch and side yard. Through a doorway on the far side of this space is the dining room. The sellers removed a door separating it from the kitchen but left the two rooms as distinct spaces.
The kitchen has green cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, a center island with a rustic wood counter and access to a deck in the back.
One of the home’s two bedrooms, off the living room, has a wall of built-in bookshelves and is currently used as a study. The primary bedroom, off the dining room, has a decorative fireplace and is big enough to hold a queen-size bed.
The bathroom, at the back of the house, has a combined tub and shower. A washer and dryer are in a nearby alcove along with another entrance to the primary bedroom.
Outdoor space: The wood deck off the kitchen was installed during a recent renovation. It steps down to the backyard, which has two raised garden beds and space for a few more. The driveway in front of the house has two parking spots.
Taxes: $3,205 (estimated)
Contact: Ian Kipp, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, 919-229-3533; bhhs.com
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